Crime Victims Assistance Center receives grant to assist child exposed to domestic violence

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Crime Victims Assistance Center has received special funding to better care for children who witness violence in the home.

CVAC held an open house recently for its Child Advocacy Center located within its building at the Greater Binghamton Health Center.

The Child Advocacy Center got a grant from the United Way to house two Department of Social Services case workers at its facility to work with kids who have been exposed to domestic violence.

Director of Client Services Christine Battisti says the center brings together a lot of different perspectives.

"Each person that's investigating a sexual abuse case or witness to violence case or child exploitation has their own responsibility in that case.  Law enforcement, child protective services, a victim advocate.  So, it's really nice to have all of those components come together to wrap services around that child and that family," said Battisti.

Guests at the open house included police investigators, D-S-S workers and members of the D-A's office.

They were able to visit the center's forensic interview room where a trained interviewer can speak with a child victim in a non-threatening setting.

A hidden camera allows investigators to watch from another room and suggest questions by speaking to the interviewer through an earbud.

CVAC operates a 24/7 crisis emergency line at 607-722-4256.

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